Yondan Promotion

On March 15, 2017, Ravenswood Dojo instructor Erik Matsunaga received a promotion to WMKA 4-dan from his teacher, Art Ishii-sensei (WMKA 6-dan, Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu of Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, CA).

Having begun his budo journey in another style of karate as a teen in 1989, in 1998 Erik relocated from Chicago to Los Angeles for work. Shortly thereafter, through a mutual friend he was introduced to Ishii-sensei and since that time has dedicated himself to the practice of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu.

The certificate is co-signed by Ishii-sensei and Yoshitaka Taira-sensei, current president of the World Matsubayashi-ryu Karatedo Association.

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